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7 ‘Life Hacks’ for Saving Time & Money

Dealing with lost items: According to PCVS, it helps to set time limits on how long you’re willing to search for lost items. “I budget 15 minutes and then give up,” she says, “Whatever it is will turn up when I’m not looking for it.”

Stockpile cards for special occasions: Making a last-minute trip to the Hallmark store because you forgot to get your best friend a birthday card can be stressful. Creating a special card stash helped Jola bypass this frustrating situation. Gather a varied collection of birthday, holiday and get-well soon cards for future use. Money-saving hint: Buy holiday-themed cards in bulk when they go on sale after the celebration.

Call ahead: Does this situation sound familiar: you go to the store, mid-week, in search of the one essential item you left off your weekly grocery list—only to find the shelf empty? Calling ahead to make sure the store is stocked with your must-have item can save both time and angst.

Optimize online opportunities: Online shopping can save you loads of money and time. There are few things you can’t buy off the Internet. You can even order groceries online, and either schedule a time to pick them up, or have them delivered right to your door. If you must go to the store, write a list and organize it based on the physical layout of your destination (i.e. grocery store aisles, locations of different stores in the mall).

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12:40AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Thanks for sharing - I really like the 'Set Aside Space' tip - it won't work for me as I work shiftwork, but it's still a great idea!

6:45AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thanks

10:07PM PST on Nov 25, 2012

good tips, thanks!!

7:00AM PST on Nov 22, 2012

thank you for these helpful tips.

10:20AM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thanks for the tips!

3:29PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thanks for the great tips, some I already do.

2:43PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thanks.

6:21AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thnx/...

9:35PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

The shopping online is perfect for me. I work all week and do not have time to shop much and the city is an hour away. Online shopping saves gas money, time, and usually has free shipping as well as online coupon codes. I shop through Ebates and that gives me cash back with my order. I don't have to stand in line forever, with screaming over tired children either. It also keeps me from spending extra, which the stores love to put items near the check stand that seem to call my name. Save, save, save!

8:19PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Organizing is the main one for me - keeping things in the same place all the time, in my home and in my handbag; and doing whatever prep. I can beforehand.

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